“Jesus spoke up.
He said to him.
I have something
To say to you.’
καὶ ἀποκριθεὶς ὁ Ἰησοῦς εἶπεν πρὸς αὐτόν Σίμων, ἔχω σοί τι εἰπεῖν. ὁ δέ Διδάσκαλε, εἰπέ, φησίν.
Luke uniquely said that Jesus responded (καὶ ἀποκριθεὶς ὁ Ἰησοῦς) to this Pharisee. He called him Simon (εἶπεν πρὸς αὐτόν Σίμων). He said he had something to say to him (ἔχω σοί τι εἰπεῖν). This Simon responded respectfully, calling him teacher (ὁ δέ Διδάσκαλε), and asking him to speak (εἰπέ, φησίν). Who is this Simon the Pharisee? He was not mentioned in the other canonical gospels. There are similarities between this Simon the Pharisee and the Simon the leper mentioned in Matthew, chapter 26:6, and Mark, chapter 14:3, but those occasions were later in Bethany. The identity of that Simon the leper is also unknown. However, it could have been someone whom Jesus had cured from leprosy, who became his disciple. Nevertheless, this was a very respectful conversation here between Simon and Jesus. Are you respectful in your conversations?
At the house of Simon
Τοῦ δὲ Ἰησοῦ γενομένου ἐν Βηθανίᾳ ἐν οἰκίᾳ Σίμωνος τοῦ λεπροῦ,
This is almost word for word to Mark, chapter 14:3, and somewhat similar to John, chapter 12:1, where Jesus was in Bethany, but at the house of Lazarus and his two sisters, Martha and Mary. Matthew said that Jesus was in Bethany (Τοῦ δὲ Ἰησοῦ γενομένου ἐν Βηθανίᾳ), a town about a mile and a half east of Jerusalem. He was in the house of Simon the leper (Τοῦ δὲ Ἰησοῦ γενομένου ἐν Βηθανίᾳ). The identity of this Simon the leper is unknown. However, it could have been someone whom Jesus had cured from leprosy, who became his disciple. The people of Bethany may have favored Jesus because of the Lazarus event. In fact, in chapter 21:17, Jesus had stayed overnight in Bethany. There was also a story of a woman anointing Jesus in Luke, chapter 7:36-50, but within a different context.
Myths are not lies, but stories. Story telling is an important human activity and essential to the life of any society. Myths awaken and maintain an experience of awe in the face of the ultimate religious mystery. Myths explain where the world came from and where it is going. Myths promote virtues and a certain social ethical order. Myths give individuals a role and identity much like our modern psychology. Joseph Campbell (1904-1987) and Mircea Eliade (1907-1986) have shown that myth is not a negative, but a positive part of life. If we did not have religious myths, people would create their own secular myths, like in sports, such as baseball and football.